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Nation Building

Congratulations to Anthropologist Ashraf Ghani, Afghanistan's New President

American Anthropological Association | Posted 11.26.2014 | Good News
American Anthropological Association

Formidable challenges face the new government, from deep social divisions to operating budget shortfalls and significant deficits to overcome in public facilities and services.

The Meaning of Israel: A Personal View

David Harris | Posted 01.14.2014 | World
David Harris

Against the backdrop of recent efforts in some academic circles to vilify and isolate Israel, let me put my cards on the table right up front. I'm not...

Service as Diplomacy: The Faces of the US Abroad

Mario Machado | Posted 11.20.2013 | World
Mario Machado

There is no way to reconcile these two immediate faces of America to millions of people across the world; the military and the Peace Corps will always serve their own distinctly different purposes and for many reasons it is better that it remain this way.

Syria Oh Syria

Murray Fromson | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics
Murray Fromson

Let's cleanse Washington of all those interventionists who can't wait until we get our hands bitten in Syria in another futile pursuit of nation-building. Enough voices are being heard these days, thank goodness, that are questioning Obama's decision to provide "soft" support for the Syrian rebels.

Music to Our Ears: Failing in Afghanistan as We Did in Iraq

Peter Van Buren | Posted 04.05.2013 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Kids and music go together beautifully. Free from pretensions, children play from their hearts. Put that beauty into an international setting -- in th...

Say "Yes" to Nation-Building in the United States and EU

Mark R. Kennedy | Posted 01.20.2013 | Politics
Mark R. Kennedy

The Obama administration should say "yes" to the European Union's (EU's) invitation to do some nation-building here in America while at the same time helping our indispensible ally--Europe--and boosting family incomes.

America Begins Nation-Building at Home

Nick Turse | Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics
Nick Turse

In the final days of the presidential campaign, President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that it was time to reap a peace dividend as America's wars wind down. Nation-building here at home should, he insisted, be put on the agenda.

Security Pact Ensures America's Presence in Afghanistan

Malou Innocent | Posted 07.01.2012 | Politics
Malou Innocent

President Obama's arrival in Afghanistan and signing of the strategic partnership agreement with President Karzai supposedly represents yet another corner turned in our nearly eleven year (and counting) war.

Failing States

Christopher Holshek | Posted 06.02.2012 | World
Christopher Holshek

Failing states are failing states. The difference between over there and over here, however, is that we have been stacking the deck against ourselves.

Jennifer Bendery

Obama Unlikely To Sink Money Into Rebuilding Libya, Experts Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 10.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- At a time when the country couldn't be more fixated on cutting spending, a revolution taking place thousands of miles away is presenting...

Getting it Right After Gaddafi

Peter Blair | Posted 10.22.2011 | World
Peter Blair

Given the hierarchical authoritarianism of the Gaddafi government I hope that the NTC will consider working with the civil servants who only worked for his repressive regime because there was no other option.

Peace Is the New War: Keys to 21st Century Citizenship

John Tarnoff | Posted 09.05.2011 | World
John Tarnoff

While I have tremendous respect for those who serve in the military, 21st century citizenship needs to reframe the meaning of nationalism and civic pride as a commemoration of Peace, not War.

Senate Report Slams Nation-Building Efforts in Afghanistan

Malou Innocent | Posted 08.08.2011 | World
Malou Innocent

Given the corruption and dependency we'll leave in our wake, without an introspective self-critique our policies, America could turn Afghanistan into Central Asia's Haiti.

Senate Report Smacks Afghan Nation-Building

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 08.07.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — Afghanistan is at risk of a deep financial crisis when foreign troops leave in 2014 if the United States is unable to overhaul its ...

The End of an Era: Nation-Building at Home After Bin Laden's Death

Daniel Marans | Posted 07.03.2011 | Politics
Daniel Marans

It will not always unite us as a country, or give us a warm and fuzzy feeling inside the way the hunt for bin Laden did, but maybe we can now turn our attention to the pursuit of domestic nation-building.

The Perils of Libyan Nation Building

Jayshree Bajoria | Posted 06.07.2011 | World
Jayshree Bajoria

Given the lack of civil society and any effective national institutions in the country, a post-Gaddafi Libya will face enormous governance challenges.

Nation-Building and Affirmative Action in 19th Century America

Grant Calder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Grant Calder

In February 1865, shortly before the Civil War ended, Congress established "a bureau of refugees, freedmen and abandoned lands" -- a radical attempt at social change by conservative people.

Armed Humanitarians: Part 1

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Private military contractors often state that the bulk of their business is not employing guys with guns, i.e., private security contractors, and that...

State Department Should Have Gone for More in QDDR Process

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton she should have established an "Under Secretary for Development" at the Department of State and shored up that 'command' in her own shop.

Are Our Goals in Afghanistan 'Fairly Modest'?

Malou Innocent | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Malou Innocent

Unless the United States is prepared to eternally enforce the conditions of a power-sharing agreement, it should renounce its commitment to spread the legal rights articulated in the Afghan constitution.

What Happens if U.S. Troops Leave Afghanistan? Not the End of the World as We Know it

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Leon T. Hadar

The Obama administration needs to modify its "belief about the moral benefit and policy utility of nation-building." You do not have to engage in the grandiose project of nation-building in order to achieve our limited goals.

Afghanistan Is A Catastrophe, But We Will Have To Wait For Post-War Inquiry To Admit It

The Guardian | Simon Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

American congressmen tear their generals apart when fighting stupid wars. The British prefer to avoid embarrassment....

McChrystal's Revenge: Everyone Hates Karl Eikenberry

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

I am the Afghanistan Blogging Fellow for The Seminal and Brave New Foundation. You can read my work on The Seminal or at Rethink Afghanistan. The view...

The Real Tea Party Movement -- Speaking The Language of Self-Interest

Michael B. Laskoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael B. Laskoff

The Tea Party's real purpose is to prevent change that threatens privileges enjoyed by middle aged, white Republicans, who feel America is under assault by the poor, people of color, gay Americans and immigrants.

Afghanistan: From Nation-Building to Governance and Back Again

Dr. Charles G. Cogan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Charles G. Cogan

There is a disconnect between the prospects of the military surge, which will reach its apogée and then decline starting in mid-2011, and the civilian surge, which would take decades to produce meaningful results.